Spunky Tales: Happy Gotcha Day to Meeeee! Marching Forward!
by Linda Suit
It's official. I'm done being Punky and I'm SPUNKY again! I'm all better!
Mommy's been singing to me all day. It has been almost five whole crazy years since Jerry Boy found me in the woods. Who would have thought I would reach so many people? I can't even remember everything we've shared. I wuv Mommy and Jerry Boy to the moon and back, but know what? I wuv you all too. You have a very special place in my itty bitty heart.
For those that may not know why I live in Doodleville, a wee bit of history. I was widdle, lost, and alone. I couldn't find my Doodle Mommy and I was very scared. A hooman came close and I peeked over some bushes. I really needed him as a friend, so I was brave and climbed on his glove. Boy was he surprised! He talked to me but then he left, so I hid in the bushes again. Please come back. Yes, there he is! I was glad to see him cause I was really worried, it was getting late and I was hungry. He sat down, played, and talked with me. I tried to tell him he was nice but I really needed a Mommy. Oh no, he's leaving again. What will I do? I don't know how to take care of myself. Yes! Here he comes with a lady. I hope she's nice and wants me.
I ran from behind a tree and before she knew it, I was on her shoulder. I kissed her neck and sat on her head. She was really surprised I didn't bite her. We played for a bit but then she put me down and they walked away. No, please, you can't leave me, I'm all alone and I need a Mommy! She looked sad but kept walking, so I followed them.
I ran up her leg, into her arms and wouldn't let go. She looked at the man, then down at me and said, "Ok, Spunky, you can come home with us." I lost my Doodle Mommy and that made me sad, but how lucky am I to find someone to take care of me! Now I live in Doodleville with my hoomans and we have lots of Doodles that live outside.
Fast forward to my fifth Gotcha Day celebration. Mommy made me a very special cupcake and put my favorite acorns on it, (she left the gooey stuff off mine). Happy Doodle Day Miss Spunky....Happy Doodle Day to you!
Mommy went to town again. I don't like it when Mommy has been around hoomans, right?
I have to say in defense of myself, I was good...at first...then I found a nut and went on walkabout to hide it.
You remember that cute widdle tree a sweet friend gave Mommy at Christmas?
Well...she has it in her office waiting to plant it in the spring. I tried to climb it a coupla days ago. That didn't work out too well so this time I decided I would use the dirt it's planted in to bury my nut.
Well, that's what Doodles do, Mommy! Deal with it. She let me finish burying it but then grabbed me and that made me MAD! I started chattering my teeth, letting her know that was NOT nice! Off to the kitchen we went and I pouted for a while, then she decided to try to be cuddly and I growled at her and slapped her hand. Go away! I'm still mad! Go pick on somebody your own size! Yup, I'm definitely Spunky again. She tried to pet me after I growled at her (I warned ya, Mommy), and I snapped at her. Ruh roh, I think I'll see how fast I can run now. Mommy said I was pitching a hissy fit.
Really? Doodles do that? Well hissy this, Mommy...I'm not talking to you! I want Jerry Boy. What a trip this has been. I have made lots of friends. I may be widdle, but my heart is big cause I have so much love for you all. It's been a journey of fun, laughter, love, tears, scratches (and a few nibbles). I've learned to sing, play in my kitchen fort, climb my Mommy tree, how to help cook, and have done a lot of "pondering".
In these last five years Mommy has learned lots of lessons. Here's one:
HOW TO CATCH A DOODLE in 101 "easy" lessons?
Lesson #1: IF THE DOODLE DOES NOT WANNA BE CAUGHT IT AIN'T HAPPENING!!!!
Lessons #2-101: Refer to Lesson #1
That was easy, huh? So, what's the problem here? I have my routine down pat. In the morning, I'm a lovebug...errr...Doodle. I stay in the kitchen and run and play all over my Mommy tree and do my widdle love bites and squirms all over her and on top of my chair. After a while I get tired and hungry, so I get fed lots of nummy stuff. Then I take a nap. Gotta save up energy for...
Warp speed, vrrroooommmm, back and forth all over the house, much to Mommy's dismay (that means she does not like some of the places I go). If I just happen to find a nut or acorn I hid, watch out, I am not going back to my Happy-tat until my mission is accomplished, meaning, hide it again. Why eat it? Mommy just gives me more. So, if Mommy happens to wanna catch me while I'm in warp mode, refer to Lesson #1.
But alas, I was finally captured and taken back to my Happy-tat cause it was dinner time. I was not happy when Mommy came in and all she could see was my tail sticking out of my basket. I was curled up with my acorn still in my mouth. She reached in to give me a love pet and I slapped her hand and growled at her. Sometimes I have a Doodle-i-tude. Don't worry, I didn't bite. I finally put it down and came out for some good cuddles before bedtime. I laid my head on her shoulder and then under her chin while she kissed me and told me she wuved me, despite my orneriness. So, now you know how to not catch a Doodle. Oh by the way, you wouldn't want to catch one outside anyway cause they bite! I think I'd better hide under my blankie now.
It's been almost five years and I have a lot of friends young and old that wuv reading my stories. I even have conversations with them. Can you imagine people actually talking to a Doodle? Why of course they do!
When I get discouraged from writing, someone will say, "Spunky, you are the only thing that brought a smile to my face today.” So you see, I was sent here for a special reason, to bring laughter, teach my friends about life, and tug at your heartstrings.
So, tune in next month for Springtime with Spunky Doodle! Until then, be good cause Doodles are watching you!
About the Author
Linda Suit is a city girl turned country. A travel agent by trade, she and her husband, Jerry, live in rural Arkansas with their animals including an amazing pet squirrel, Spunky Doodle.
Spunky has brightened the lives of many with her stories. She is quite a character and definitely lives up to her name of Spunky.
Linda has traveled the world. Her passion for missions comes alive in her stories from remote areas. She will make you laugh and tug at your heartstrings.
You can read Linda’s “Spunky Tales” column on the 2nd Saturday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.